Joseph Hallenbeck
February 03, 2011

Som Sheet, Scan #2

Som, Hi Res Scan Continuing the series of character sheets from the past two days. . .

Today, let’s look at the 1200DPI scan of the character sheet. The higher-resolution scan resulted in a 75MB TIFF image that crawled even my design rig to a halt. I put the 1200DPI scan through the same process as the 300DPI scan, but this time I found a surprising change when it came time for live-tracing. The Illustrator traced the image correctly without my fiddling with the threshold! I still had the nice smoothing effect that live trace gave to my inks, but with the higher resolution it kept the finer details of the faces and smaller arcs. It also enclosed more of the spaces making the live paint process a much smoother operation that required only a minimum amount of readjusting the automated gap finding.

So my conclusion? Scan big!

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